"Just do as you're told," words spoken by family

Poetry On Odyssey: You Made Me Bleed

If you love me, you wouldn't hurt me.


You have a hold on me.

Putting your hands on my pregnant body.

Coming home drunk every night,

Your face is beet red but so are the colors dripping down my face.

You think you have the right to abuse me just because I'm your wife.

Someone should've told you I'm not a piece of property.

Your mother knows but she turns her head.

Scolds me and says, "Just do as you're told."

My own mother couldn't care less.

Their family helps with our financial problems but what about my own happiness?

Why am I being treated like dirt?

I have a mind of my own but no one wants me to show it.

Just because I'm a woman, I should be gentle and sweet.

The intelligence is saved for the man while the wife looks like a goddess.

A traditional culture I live in.

I cannot escape even though the times have changed.

It has changed for some parts of the world.

The third world country cultures remain the same.

When I'm treated like meat, no one looks my way.

I'm an object of your affection but all I am to you is a body to swim in.

The day I wed was a happier time in my life.

We bowed our heads to our relatives and drank wine from the same cup.

To this day, I have it in my bedroom.

Two years later, it's like your colors have changed.

I knew you were a drinker but I didn't care.

You were kind to me with your ever-changing colored hair.

Your brown eyes called to me and I was drawn to your loud personality.

Guess quiet and sweet meets fun and playful was a combination of great success.

But you threw a chair towards me when your night of drinking was over.

You've hit me numerous times, night after night.

We live with your family but they don't seem to mind.

Can't call the police because they are no where near our town.

I can't run away since you took all of my money.

You made sure everything that was mine was yours.

Not sure where this future leads since our baby is on the way.

I hope you don't touch the baby with violence.

Just kindness and gentle are what you should learn first.

Learn and your baby will follow your footsteps.

Otherwise, I would rather take the baby somewhere far from you.

Without you, I'll hold the baby tight and take it for a drive.

Where? I'm not sure but that's the surprise.

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A Revival: Greek And Roman Impact On The Renaissance

How Renaissance artists departed from the Gothic style

Just as the Romans were often known as Greek imitators, the artists of the Renaissance took a big interest in ancient Greek and Roman art. Therefore, the Renaissance came to be known as an era of revival, one in which the influence of Greek and Roman art was seen in both art and architecture. Pieces such as the Palazzo Rucellai, David, and Birth of Venus are all noted for being composed of both Greek and Roman elements and styles.

The Palazzo Rucellai stands as a landmark Renaissance palace, designed in 1446 by well-known Italian architects Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino. The humanistic influence of the 15th century is noted in its composition, but most importantly, the structural elements of ancient Rome are incorporated within the structure. The Roman-like arches, pilasters, and entablatures give the impression of strength. The pilasters are composed of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders which are reminiscent of the Colosseum. Just as the pilasters of the Colosseum are used for a decorative purpose, the ones of the Palazzo Rucellai also depart from simply providing structural support.

The David sculpture was created by the notorious Donatello. Donatello was known for his studies of Greek and Roman art, which allowed for him to make a connection between the classical world and the Renaissance. The Greek formula for contrapposto is noted in this sculpture, as his weight appears to be mostly on the right foot while the left leg seems to be more relaxed. The Greek influence is also demonstrated as David is fully nude, which departs from the clothed Biblical figures of the Gothic era and instead resonates Greek conventions. Just as the Greek Kritios Boy is described as “the first beautiful nude in art,” the bronze David was the first freestanding nude of the Renaissance.

The Birth of Venus, created by Sandro Botticelli, also appears to carry Greek and Roman influences into the Renaissance era in which it was constructed. Just like the Roman marble Aphrodite of Menophantos, the Birth of Venus employs the Capitoline Venus pose in which Venus covers her breasts with her right arm and her groin with her left arm. An obvious allusion to Roman art is the use of the Roman goddess Venus as the subject of the painting. The use of classical subject matter is strategical as it appeals to the rich Florentines who patronized such pieces.

The Renaissance is known as the “rebirth” or “revival” of Greek and Roman styles and conventions. Such Greek and Roman influences are well noted in the Italian-made pieces such as The Palazzo Rucellai, which can be compared to the Colosseum, David, which can be compared to the Kritios Boy, and The Birth of Venus, which can be compared to the Aphrodite of Menophantos. It is this revival that is credited with helping European artists and architects depart from Gothic styles, among others, while bringing back notorious Greek and Roman ones.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Raising Teens

Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two.


If you go outside, oh the things that you can do!

Ride your bike, skateboard, and rollerblade, too!

You could go build a fort, or see animals at the zoo!

Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two

only to waste the day watching movies about kung fu!

I'm wasting my breath, you're not listening, are you?

You little prick, I bet you'd be up if your friends said to come through.

I swear, the only exercise you get is jerking to a random black guy screw

or to some broke meth-head teen making her porn debut.

Fine, fuck it, kid, I don't care anymore. Do what you want today. You do you.

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